Gretchen Rossi is reportedly set to rejoin the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County for Season 12.
According to a new report, Gretchen Rossi, who left the Bravo reality series after Season 8, will reunite with Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Meghan King Edmonds, and Kelly Dodd, in the coming months after filming scenes for Season 12 earlier this year
“Gretchen Rossi is returning for Season 12 as a ‘friend’ and she has already filmed scenes with Vicki and Kelly,” a Bravo insider revealed to Radar Online on May 25.
Gretchen Rossi and Vicki Gunvalson didn’t initially hit it off on the show, but years later, they are quite close and frequently spend time together and with friends. As fans may recall, Gunvalson took issue with Rossi’s partner, Slade Smiley, during an early season of The Real Housewives of Orange County and spotlighted his alleged failure to pay child support. Right away, Rossi was defensive of her man and she and Gunvalson began to feud.
While things between Rossi and Gunvalson were once strained, they eventually put their issues aside and became true friends. Around the same time, both women began feuding with Tamra Judge, who they were each close to at one point during the Bravo series’ run.
According to Radar Online, Vicki Gunvalson and Kelly Dodd were in a war against Tamra Judge after judge allegedly attempted to have Gunvalson fired following the 11th season of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Although Gunvalson remained on the show, her drama with Judge intensified as Judge grew closer to Shannon Beador and Meghan King Edmonds.
As for Gretchen Rossi, she was reportedly brought back to the show not only because of her friendship with Vicki Gunvalson and Kelly Dodd, but also because of her unfinished drama with Tamra Judge.
“Obviously [Gretchen Rossi] was brought back on to finish what she started with Tamra. With Vicki and Kelly by her side, she is more ready than ever to take Tamra down,” the source told Radar Online.
In addition to filming scenes for Season 12 with Gunvalson and Dodd, Ross has reportedly also filmed with returning cast member Lydia McLaughlin and new cast member Peggy Sulahian.
“It’s unclear what Bravo is going to use and what they are not going to use at this time, but [Gretchen Rossi] seems to get along well with everyone she has filmed with so far,” the source said. “Vicki is already pushing to bring her back as a full-time cast member for Season 13.”
Less than two years ago, Gretchen Rossi spoke to OK! Magazine about her potential return to the series, claiming that while Bravo had contacted her in hopes of bringing her back, she had not yet agreed to return.
“They’ve already asked me to come back and do some stuff,” she said at the time. “They’d have to pay me a lot of money! I love the fans and I never say never, but at this point I have a lot of great projects going on in my life and I’m excited about moving on to the next thing.”
“There are several people that are on these shows who are willing to say and do anything for content. And just to keep their paycheck,” she added. “That’s not the way I was on the show and that’s part of the reason I wanted to step away from the show.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 will air on Bravo later this year.
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